35 million motorists want tax discs to return, poll finds
More than 35 million motorists have said they would like to see the tax disc return, according to a Motoring.co.uk survey.
The poll revealed that 81 per cent of 1,237 people quizzed want to see the tax disc return to windscreens – and if this was applied to the country as a whole then a huge 35 million drivers would want to see the discs come back. This is out of around 45 million eligible drivers.
Research conducted by Motoring.co.uk also found that one million motorists are driving without valid tax. Despite this, the DVLA still denies claims that the move from physical tax discs to online databases costs more money than it saves – and leaves more drivers on the road without the necessary excise duty on their cars.
A spokesperson for the DVLA said: "The vast majority of people tax their cars on time, with over 42.5 million drivers taxing their vehicles since 1 October 2014.
"We believe that the digital system is working well and that more than 29 million have chosen to tax their vehicles online or by phone."
Despite this claim, the Department for Transport has admitted that the number of vehicles on the road without tax has doubled to 560,000 during the summer of 2015.
Terry Hogan, co-founder and director of Motoring.co.uk, said: "With the lack of a physical tax disc, it seems large numbers of motorists are failing to renew their car tax – driving illegally and liable to fines."
Motoring.co.uk has recently released the MyMotoring hub, which allows drivers to safely store vehicle data and alert them when a car's service, MOT and tax are due.